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AYSS – A co-sponsor of the Welcome Party at 2014 Newport Charter Yacht Show

August 28, 2014

The Newport Charter Yacht Show 2014 was a huge success. From June 23 to 26, the event hosted an amazing line-up of 27 world-class yachts, available for rent in the lovely America yacht charter location – New England this summer. This year, the Association of Yacht Support Services (AYSS) co-sponsored the Welcome Party, followed by morning forums as well as evening networking events.

Newport Charter Yacht Show 2014 - Photo by Billy Black

Newport Charter Yacht Show 2014 - Photo by Billy Black

The show was skillfully managed by the Newport Exhibition Group who organized the yachts to be viewed by brokers, owners, charter agents and vendors.

The yachts participating ranged from 24 to 70 Meters and hosted shore-side events including Chefs competitions, Broker lunches, Tablescaping competitions and evening “yacht hops” with different themes, where signature cocktails were served by well dressed crew.

New motor yacht Viking 75 hits the water

August 28, 2014

Last week saw the Viking Yachts‘ return to the motor yacht market become another day closer to reality, when the all-new motor yacht Viking 75 left the building for her proverbial Travelift ride to the launch well.

Luxury yacht Viking 75 left her building at Viking Yachts

Luxury yacht Viking 75 left her building at Viking Yachts

Once in the water, Viking’s Joe Snodgrass took bow and stern waterline measurements to mark for freeboard heights, while the dip in the basin helped establish the location for the waterline striping.

Viking's Joe Snodgrass takes bow and stern waterline measurements

Viking's Joe Snodgrass takes bow and stern waterline measurements

While the interior and exterior appointments of the yacht are still being finalized, there is no mistaking the beautiful lines of the luxury yacht Viking 75, which will make her world premiere at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, October 30 – November 3, 2014. She will be available for sea trials through the company’s exclusive dealer network.

New motor yacht Viking 75 on the water

New motor yacht Viking 75 on the water

Below is a gallery for the stylish charter yachts built by Viking:

Launch of 43m sailing yacht COLUMBIA at Eastern Shipbuilding

August 28, 2014

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. is thrilled to announce the recent launch of the 43-metre sailing yacht COLUMBIA, a steel hull replica of the historic Gloucester Fishing Schooner. The launching of superyacht COLUMBIA took place at Eastern’s Nelson Street facility in Florida’s Panama City on August 23, 2014 and was attended by employees, dignitaries, as well as guests.

43m super yacht COLUMBIA launched by Eastern Shipbuilding

43m super yacht COLUMBIA launched by Eastern Shipbuilding

On April 17, 1923, the original COLUMBIA was launched in Essex, Massachusetts. Ninety-one years later, an exact replica of the COLUMBIA (ESG Hull 981) was launched in Panama City, Florida.

At the christening ceremony, Brian D’Isernia spoke about the journey of bringing the super yacht COLUMBIA back to life, the teamwork of the companies, and thanked the hard work of the men and women that made this dream possible. Steve Southerland, U.S.

Representative of the 2nd District of Florida, spoke about the teamwork and dedication of putting together a vessel like the COLUMBIA yacht. Father Roy Marien of Saint John’s Catholic Church of Panama City, Florida, performed the blessing of the vessel. Brian’s wife, Mimi D’Isernia had the honor of christening the COLUMBIA.

Launch of luxury sailing yacht COLUMBIA

Launch of luxury sailing yacht COLUMBIA

The original COLUMBIA was a 141’ classic Gloucester Fishing Schooner built at the historic A.D. Story shipyard of Essex, Massachusetts. Essex was the center for North American Fishing Schooner construction. Designed by the innovative William Starling Burgess, the COLUMBIA was bred for speed. In the fall of 1923, the COLUMBIA challenged the BLUENOSE, Canada’s legendary schooner in the International Fishermen’s Cup Races in Halifax. Nearly winning the title, the COLUMBIA was narrowly defeated by the BLUENOSE and was one of the few American schooners to provide a challenge to BLUENOSE.

Tragedy struck the promising young COLUMBIA on August 24, 1927 near Sable Island, the notorious “Graveyard of the Atlantic”, where the COLUMBIA was lost with all hands in a gale. Decades later, Brian D’Isernia, owner of Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. in Panama City, Florida, discovered the original lines plan of the COLUMBIA in the Essex Shipbuilding Museum in Massachusetts. He took the opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream of bringing a significant piece of maritime history back to life. Drawn by her proud history and her beauty, Brian began the journey of bringing the COLUMBIA back to life, and returning her to the glory she deserves.

Classic sailing yacht COLUMBIA

Classic sailing yacht COLUMBIA

Working with John W. Gilbert & Associates of Boston, Massachusetts, the design was re-engineered with a steel hull instead of wood. An engine room and staterooms were added to the design. Covey Island Boatworks of Linenburg Nova Scotia built the rigging and spars. Blocks were fabricated by A. Dauphinee & Sons and all the sails were constructed by Michelle Stevens Sailloft, LTD, both from the Second Peninsula, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Teak decking was completed by Teakdecking Systems of Florida.

Luxury yacht COLUMBIA will continue to undergo outfitting and begin sailing trials this fall. She will also be exhibited at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show October 30th – November 3rd, 2014.

Original COLUMBIA Yacht launched in 1927

Original COLUMBIA Yacht launched in 1923

Design details of super yacht COLUMBIA:

DIMENSIONS:

Length On Deck ……………………………………………………… 141’-2”

Length @ Waterline………………………………………………..110’-0”

Beam (Molded) ……………………………………………………… 25’-6”

Hull & Superstructure Construction…………………………. Steel, ABS Grade A-36

Main Mast …………………….One (1) 17” x 124’-10”, Covey Island Boatworks, Douglas Fir

Laminated Lower. Sitka Spruce Laminated Top Mast

Foremast ……………………….One (1) 17” x 115’-7”, Covey Island Boatworks, Douglas Fir

Laminated Lower. Sitka Spruce Laminated Top Mast

CERTIFICATES/REGULATORY:

Registry/Flag/Certificate of Documentation: United States of America

CONSTRUCTION GUIDANCE:

The vessels hull, superstructure and underwater gear are designed constructed and Classed in accordance with the Lloyds Registry Rules for Building and Classing Steel Vessels.

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, INC.

Eastern’s proven successful shipbuilding record stems from the fact that they are willing to accept any new challenge and are confident that they can successfully build and deliver any type of vessel that their Client’s require, both on time and on budget.

As Eastern moves into the future, they look forward to the continued diversification and growth of their portfolio of vessels which brings new challenges and ultimately grows the company. At Eastern, each employee starts and ends the day with the same goal in mind; work safe, work smart, and build the best vessel possible. Eastern currently has a total workforce of over 1,600 employees.

55th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, October 30 – November 3, 2014

August 27, 2014

Entering its 55th year, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show® (FLIBS), the largest in-water boat show in the world, is set to run in the glamorous Florida yacht charter destination – Fort Lauderdale from October 30 to November 3, 2014. The event annually attracts an international audience of thousands of marine enthusiasts to the “Yachting Capital of the World” to experience the single best showcase of marine products and accessories on the planet. From beautiful super-yachts to fishing boats, runabouts and boats for every budget, the Boat Show delivers the excitement of boating, for any lifestyle.

FLIBS 2013 - Photo Credit to Forest Johnson

FLIBS 2013 - Photo Credit to Forest Johnson

Each year, the show organizers strive to deliver new, exciting features to enrich the overall show experience and engage audiences. Several noteworthy enhancements already have been confirmed for this year’s show, including the addition of Pier 66 Marina, a full-service pop-up restaurant and the IGFA Sportfishing Lounge.

The iconic Pier 66 Marina, currently undergoing upgrades, will serve as the show’s seventh location and feature an impressive display of brokerage yachts. The location also offers several dining options,  such as Pelican Landing restaurant, which offers casual dining and drinks, or the upscale atmosphere  and fine cuisine at Grille 66 & Bar.

The new pop-up restaurant concept, located at the Hall of Fame Marina show location, is designed to offer another quality dining option for guests and a place for industry professionals to meet and conduct  business. Centrally located, the new restaurant will be open all show days and will be operated by Hugh’s Culinary, one of the area’s top caterers. Other nearby options include local foodie favorites Coconuts restaurant and G&B Oyster Bar, located just outside the show adjacent to the Hall of Fame Marina.

The IGFA Sportfishing Lounge, located inside the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center show location, will offer comfortable seating and drink service. Outside the Convention Center, the Sailfish Pavilion Bar and Grill will offer a great selection of grilled favorites and refreshing drinks.

“Year after year our goal for the show is to enhance the overall experience for visitors and offer industry professionals the best platform to conduct business,” said Efrem “Skip” Zimbalist III, CEO of Show Management, the company that manages and produces the show. “This year we have more exhibit space than ever before, further-improved navigational aids and additional dining options all designed to ensure that FLIBS remains the center of the yachting world.”

The Complete Boating Lifestyle

Featuring nearly $4 billion worth of boats and marine products across more than three million square feet of exhibit space, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is known for its astounding number of yachts, which attract enthusiasts from around the world. But the show offers something for everyone who loves the water, and even those not in the market to buy a boat can find an array of fun-filled activities.

Other attention-grabbing exhibits include an exotic auto display, a private jet, personal submarines and a huge selection of the latest yacht and water toys. For those not looking for a new toy, the show offers plenty of fun including world-famous floating cocktail lounges, live musical entertainment and exciting fishing and boating seminars for adults and children of all ages.

Navigating the Show

Making for easier navigation and an enhanced show experience, the show features themed areas including the Performance Village, the Sportfish Village, CruiserPort, the Superyacht Experience, the Yachting Pavilion, the Yacht Builders Pavilion and the show’s Kid Zone, located at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, featuring kids fishing clinics presented by Hook The Future.

All attractions and show locations can be easily located through MyBoatShow, the show’s free smartphone app, designed to help navigate the show’s docks, land areas and tents.

“Over the past several years we have incorporated numerous useful navigation aids to make getting around the many show sites as effortless as possible,” said Steve Sheer, director of marketing for Show Management. “With the app, bright color-coded directional signage, maps, the show greeter program and a reliable ground and water transportation system, thousands of visitors make their way around quite effortlessly.“

The show’s seven locations are connected by a convenient land and water transportation network offering several parking and transportation options to get show-goers to the Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel & Yachting Center, the Hall of Fame Marina, Las Olas Municipal Marina, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, Sails Marina, Pier 66 Marina and the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.

SCHEDULE:

Thursday, Oct. 30 (Prime Time Preview) 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 31 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 1 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 3 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 3 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

ADMISSION:

Adults $22 online, $24 at show

Children (ages 6-15) $7 online, $9 at show

Children (under 6) Free

Prime Time Preview (Thursday, Oct. 31) $38 online, $40 at show

Two-Day Ticket $40 online, $42 at show

Horizon Yacht USA to showcase Horizon RP110 motor yacht ANDREA VI at 2014 Newport International Boat Show

August 27, 2014

Horizon Yacht USA has proudly announced that they will be showcasing the first Horizon RP110 motor yacht Andrea VI at the 2014 Newport International Boat Show, running from September 11 to 14. Built by Horizon to a design by JC Espinosa in 2013, superyacht Andrea VI will be the largest vessel on display during the event.

Horizon RP110 super yacht Andrea VI

Horizon RP110 super yacht Andrea VI

Horizon RP110 luxury yacht Andrea VI can comfortably sleep her guests in 4 beautiful and elegant staterooms. There is a full-beam master cabin, port and starboard queen guest suites, as well as a VIP cabin in the bow.

RP110 super yacht Andrea VI´s double chine hull design provides excellent sea keeping with stability and enhanced hydrodynamics to minimize drag and improve overall performance.

Below is a gallery for the lovely charter yachts built by Horizon.

Luxury motor yacht Azimut 84 US Version

August 25, 2014

Built by the leading Italian shipyard Azimut Yachts, in collaboration with MarineMax, Azimut’s North American distribution partner, luxury motor yacht Azimut 84 US Version has been designed expressly for the American market, and introduced at the 2014 Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show in February. The main changes aboard the US version of superyacht Azimut 84 include the flybridge, the saloon, the open kitchen, the owner’s cabin, as well as the VIP cabin.

Luxury superyacht Azimut 84 US Version

Luxury superyacht Azimut 84 US Version

As stated by Giovanni Bogetto, PR & Press Manager of the Azimut-Benetti Group: “Firstly, it is important to remind that Azimut products are the result, the perfect combination of Italian design and technology. Actually, we believe to be trend setter from the design point of view and our customers choose us because of the beauty of our boats. Azimut special taste for beauty is in DNA of the company and what distinguish Azimut on the market. So that, actually we do not follow the market, but we pretend to create new trends on style and layouts thanks to our designers and our R&D department which develop new ideas and our technicians that make these ideas possible to be built. On the other hand, to be leader in a such competitive market we have to act globally with a local attention. This means that the level of personalisation is a key to have success globally.

Azimut 84 US Version Yacht - Exterior

Azimut 84 US Version Yacht - Exterior

Luxury yacht Azimut 84 US Version - Exterior

Luxury yacht Azimut 84 US Version - Exterior

“In USA, for example, Azimut can offer  americanization of different models, the biggest is the motor yacht Azimut 84. These models are built on the same platform of the standard ones but diversified to meet specific needs, typical of the local culture. So, in USA these special versions have bigger flybridge, potentiated infotainment, open galley, big laundry, tropical air conditioning, ecc. Similarly in Asia, where some models have been strongly personalized. The Dragon China versions include feature that meet typical requirements of Asian customer, such as bigger play areas, larger entertainment area, hidden galley and less cabins.”

Motor yacht Azimut 84 US Version - Wheelhouse

Motor yacht Azimut 84 US Version - Wheelhouse

Azimut 84 US Version superyacht - Saloon

Azimut 84 US Version superyacht - Saloon

“What it is important to say is that this incredible capability to be design trender as well as to personalize in accordance with the local culture is the results of the R&D work of the company, as well as the high level of industrialization of the production and last but not least, the capacity of listening the clients. Azimut can count on a software system (named Sestante) that allow the dealers all over the world to transmit immediately suggestions or improvement proposals on the models their clients bought. This is a fundamental tool to get feedback from the end user of our products. The strategic marketing dept. analyze each comments coming from the customers and make specific evaluation of them. Not rarely these improvements are brought in production on the new models.”

Super yacht Azimut 84 US Version - Cabin

Super yacht Azimut 84 US Version - Cabin

Azimut 84 US Version Yacht - Bathroom

Azimut 84 US Version Yacht - Bathroom

Below is a gallery for the lovely charter yachts built by Azimut.

Chris-Craft reveals first renderings of Catalina 34 superyacht tender

August 25, 2014

Chris-Craft has officially unveiled the first renderings of their all-new Catalina 34 superyacht tender. Set to debut at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show in October, the Catalina 34 will represent the largest model to join the Catalina series for Chris-Craft.

Catalina 34 yacht tender by Gulf Craft

Catalina 34 yacht tender by Gulf Craft

“We, at Chris-Craft, are proud to introduce our newest development and flagship in our Catalina series of Center Console boats. The Catalina 34 was developed after high demand from hundreds of our Catalina owners. We have combined all of our dealer and customer comments to deliver a product that is sure to be a winner in its class,” said Jeff Ellis VP of Sales and Marketing.

At 34′ and nearly 11′ beam, Catalina 34 yacht tender will be fully equipped with a variation of twin and triple engine combinations. The fuel capacity will be north of 300 gallons for long range excursions from the East Coast of Florida deep into the Abaco’s, or from the Northeast shores of New York and Connecticut to Block Island and Martha’s Vineyard. Wherever your boating adventures take you, the Catalina 34 will get you there in comfort and style with confidence.

Catalina 34 luxury yacht tender

Catalina 34 luxury yacht tender

Catalina 34 megayacht tender

Catalina 34 megayacht tender

There will be nothing traditional about the bow area of the Catalina 34 luxury yacht tender compared to other Center Consoles today. The seating and sunpad conversion for sun bathing will be a simple process to convert for whatever the occasion, boasting a double sun lounger with arm rests and drink holders.

You can expect 360 visibilities while navigating to your destination from the helm of the new Catalina 34 superyacht tender with ample space to manage all of the newest gadgets Garmin has to offer. The glass windshield offers increased visibility and provides comfort to the helm and two companion chairs against inclement weather.

Catalina 34 yacht tender - Dashboard

Catalina 34 yacht tender - Dashboard

Below the forward helm seating and console you will find overnighting capabilities with a nicely appointed berth and very accommodating head. The use of this space is endless for the fisherman, scuba diver, and overnighter. The cockpit provides all the accommodations for a day of fishing, with plenty of room to work your trolling rods, or a day of cruising with friends and family, with hideaway seating and the ability to convert to a complete wrap around configuration comfortable at any speed.

The Catalina 34 yacht tender will also have a full beam Sport Top with a Chris-Craft designed sunshade to offer protection from the sun and weather.

Aboard Catalina 34 superyacht tender

Aboard Catalina 34 superyacht tender

The combination of power, comfort, and Chris-Craft styling in the new Catalina 34 megayacht tender will make this boat a one of a kind on the water.

Video: Moonen 124 motor yacht NORTHLANDER cruises into Fort Lauderdale, Florida

August 25, 2014

Launched by the prominent Dutch shipyard Moonen in 2009, luxury charter yacht Northlander is a beautiful Moonen 124 vessel, shaped by René van der Velden Yacht Design over a hull form by Stolk Marimecs naval architects. Spanning over four impressive decks, the 38-metre motor yacht Northlander can comfortably sleep up to 8 guests, and boasts a striking atrium, as well as spiral staircase. Below is a video showing Northlander while cruising into the lovely Florida yacht charter destination – Fort Lauderdale, released by ‘ZipZapPower’.

Video: 100 Super Maxi sailing yacht COMANCHE under construction at Hodgdon Yachts

August 25, 2014

Based in Maine, the US shipyard Hodgdon Yachts is currently working on the completion of the all-new fast carbon 30,5m (100’) Super Maxi sailing yacht Comanche. Set for launch in September 2014, the pre-preg superyacht Comanche is expected to participate in major ocean races around the world and break records on existing ocean crossings. Below is a video from the construction of this outstanding vessel, released by Onne van der Wal.

Six teams enter 35th America’s Cup

August 22, 2014

The America’s Cup organization has announced six teams in the 35th America’s Cup. The racing is set to take place from 2015 through 2017.

The skippers for the 35th America's Cup - Image credit to ACEA

The skippers for the 35th America's Cup - Image credit to ACEA

Six teams that have entered the race for the 35th America’s Cup are:

ORACLE TEAM USA (USA), the defending champion

Artemis Racing (SWE)

Ben Ainslie Racing (GBR)

Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL)

Luna Rossa Challenge (ITA)

Team France (FRA)

“It’s exciting to look at the roster of teams who are lining up against us,” said Jimmy Spithill, the skipper of ORACLE TEAM USA, the winner of the last two America’s Cup matches. “We’re facing five strong challengers who have a lot of resources, talent and experience.

“But our team is very competitive. We love challenges – the bigger, the better. It’s very easy to get motivated when you see what we’re going to be facing.”

The 35th America’s Cup begins in 2015 and 2016 with the America’s Cup World Series, raced in venues around the world. This feeds into the main events in 2017, which will narrow the field to just two: the top challenger and the defender, ORACLE TEAM USA, who will then face each other in the America’s Cup Match.

Teams will be given the opportunity to host America’s Cup World Series events at a venue of their choosing, while the final venue for the 35th America’s Cup will be either Bermuda or San Diego, with the selection to be made before the end of the year.

Under the rules of the event, late entries may be accepted at the discretion of the America’s Cup organizers.

Quotes from the challenging teams:

Iain Percy, Artemis Racing: “We are not only in this competition to win the 35th America’s Cup, but to dominate the America’s Cup arena for the next decade. I’m also passionate that Artemis Racing is about more than simply winning; it’s about producing a legacy and winning in a certain way.”

Ben Ainslie, Ben Ainslie Racing: “We are delighted that Royal Yacht Squadron Racing’s challenge for the 35th America’s Cup has been officially accepted. The America’s Cup originates from the Squadron and it is our goal to return the Cup to where it belongs.”

Dean Barker, Emirates Team New Zealand: “New Zealand has a long and proud history in the America’s Cup. We see some formidable opposition taking shape in the 35th America’s Cup and we have no illusions about the job ahead. We have been working quietly behind the scenes towards this day almost since the last day of the 34th America’s Cup. Now the real work begins.”

Max Sirena, Luna Rossa Challenge: “This is Luna Rossa’s fifth challenge to the America’s Cup, an historic record. Not only does it underline the attachment of our team to the America’s Cup, but it also shows our determination to bring the Cup to Italy. This edition will be very competitive and our team has already been preparing for several months now in view of a challenge that promises to be spectacular and exciting right from its preliminary events, the America’s Cup World Series, that will take place next year.”

Franck Cammas, Team France: “Team France is very proud to be a challenger for the 35th America’s Cup. We are taking the first step of a journey that we know will be very difficult. With Olivier de Kersauson, Michel Desjoyeaux and our team, we are determined to represent France at the highest level from a sporting and technological point of view. I thank all of our partners and supporters, as without you, we would not even see the beginning of our journey, much less the road ahead.”

The teams for the 35th America’s Cup will be introduced at a press conference in London, England on September 9.